James Webb Space Telescope Meets TRAPPIST-1’s 7 Intriguing Exoplanets

Step outside tonight and look at Jupiter shining brightly in the south. Now look to your right side and travel 235 trillion miles (378 trillion kilometers) out into the cosmos. Here, between the head of Pisces and the side of Aquarius, is a nondescript star called TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool red dwarf discovered in 1999.

trapeze artist-1 it was mostly forgotten until 2017, when NASA announced that it housed the most land-size planets found in the habitable zone of a single star to date. exoplanet-Hunters have been obsessed with TRAPPIST-1 ever since. At last count, the neighborhood had seven planets, nearly equaling the eight found in our own solar system. But is TRAPPIST-1 a mirror or a mirage? Could it contain Earth-like planets, and possibly life, or does its passing resemblance to the solar system hide alien planets with inhospitable conditions?

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